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French OpenTennis Championships Preview - Men
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Dates: Sunday, May 27th through Sunday, June 10th
Site: Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France
Surface: Clay/Outdoors
Capacity: Philippe Chatrier Court: 15,109; Suzanne LenglenCourt: 10,068; Court 1: 3,757
Annual: 111th
Television: NBC, ESPN 2, Tennis Channel, TSN, RDS
Defending Champion: Rafael Nadal def. Roger Federer, 7-5, 7-6(7-3), 5-7, 6-1
Doubles Champions: Daniel Nestor/Max Mirnyi def. Juan S.Cabal/Eduardo Schwank
Men's Purse: $8,335,970 - $23,806,575 (Total Purse)
Shares: 1st Place - $1,590,000; 2nd Place - $795,000;Semifinalist - $395,000
Seeded Players
1 NovakDjokovic - A,W,U 17 Richard Gasquet
2 RafaelNadal - * 18 Stanislas Wawrinka
3 RogerFederer 19 Milos Raonic
4 AndyMurray 20 Marcel Granollers
5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 21 Marin Cilic
6 DavidFerrer 22 Andreas Seppi
7 TomasBerdych 23 Radek Stepanek
8 JankoTipsarevic 24 Philipp Kohlschreiber
9 JuanMartin Del Potro 25 Bernard Tomic
10 JohnIsner 26 Andy Roddick
11 GillesSimon 27 Mikhail Youzhny
12 NicolasAlmargro 28 Viktor Troicki
13 JuanMonaco 29 Julien Benneteau
14Fernando Verdasco 30 Jurgen Melzer
15Felciano Lopez 31 Kevin Anderson
16Alexandr Dolgopolov 32 Florian Mayer
* - Defending Champion
A - Australian Open Champion (2012)
W - Wimbledon Champion (2011)
U - U.S. Open Champion (2011)
Top Players to Watch - Finish Last Nine Years
Player(Open Record) 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
RafaelNadal (45-1) --- --- Won Won Won Won 4th Won Won
RogerFederer (49-12) 1st 3rd SF Rup Rup Rup Won QF Rup
NovakDjokovic (25-7) --- --- 2nd QF SF SF 3rd QF SF
Andy Murray(14-5) --- --- --- 1st --- 3rd QF 4th SF
FabioFognini (6-3) --- --- --- --- 1st --- 1st 3rd QF
GaelMonfils (19-7) - WD --- --- 1st 4th 3rd SF QF 2nd QF
Juan I.Chela (15-11) 3rd QF 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd QF
StanislasWawrinka (13-7) --- --- 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd 4th 4th
DavidFerrer (21-9) 2nd 2nd QF 3rd 3rd QF 3rd 3rd 4th
ViktorTroicki (6-4) --- --- --- --- --- 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
IvanLjubicic (18-12) --- 2nd 1st SF 3rd 4th 1st 3rd 4th
AlbertMontanes (15-10) 1st --- 2nd 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 3rd 4th
AlejandroFalla (7-6) --- 2nd --- 2nd 1st 2nd --- 2nd 4th
RichardGasquet (7-8) 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd --- --- 1st 4th
GillesSimon (6-6) --- --- 1st 1st 2nd 1st 3rd --- 4th
MikhailYouzhny (17-11) 2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd 4th 3rd 2nd QF 3rd
FernandoVerdasco (16-8) --- 2nd 1st 2nd 4th 4th 4th 4th 3rd
Jo-WilfriedTsonga (8-4) --- --- 1st --- --- --- 4th 4th 3rd
ThomazBellucci (5-4) --- --- --- --- --- 1st 1st 4th 3rd
AlexandrDolgopolov (4-2) --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 3rd 3rd
G. Garcia-Lopez (6-8) --- 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd
JankoTipsarevic (7-8) --- 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 1st 3rd 1st 3rd
SergiyStakhovsky (3-3) --- --- --- --- --- --- 2nd 1st 3rd
Juan M. DelPotro (8-5) --- --- --- 1st 1st 2nd SF --- 3rd
JurgenMelzer (14-9) 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd SF 2nd
MarcosBaghdatis (7-7) --- --- 1st 2nd 4th 1st 1st 3rd 2nd
PabloAndujar (4-4) --- --- --- --- --- 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd
AndreasSeppi (3-6) --- --- --- 1st 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd
JulienBenneteau (11-10) 1st 3rd 1st QF 1st 4th 1st 2nd 2nd
MarcelGranollers (3-4) --- --- --- --- --- 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd
Sam Querrey(1-5) --- --- --- --- 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd
Robin Haase(1-3) --- --- --- --- --- 1st --- 1st 2nd
KevinAnderson (1-2) --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 1st 2nd
NikolayDavydenko (24-10) 2nd 1st SF QF SF 3rd QF --- 2nd
FlorianMayer (2-5) --- 2nd 1st 1st 1st --- --- --- 2nd
AlbertRamos (1-1) --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 2nd
TomasBerdych (10-8) --- 1st 2nd 4th 1st 2nd 1st SF 1st
NicolasAlmagro (13-8) --- 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd QF 3rd QF 1st
Marin Cilic(7-5) --- --- --- --- 1st 2nd 4th 4th 1st
P.Kohlschreiber (7-7) --- --- 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 4th 3rd 1st
John Isner(2-3) --- --- --- --- --- 1st --- 3rd 1st
ErnestsGulbis (6-5) --- --- --- --- 2nd QF 2nd 1st 1st
Juan Monaco(7-8) --- 2nd 1st 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 1st 1st
FelicianoLopez (5-11) 1st 4th 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st
MichaelLlodra (8-12) 1st 4th 1st 1st 3rd 4th 1st 1st 1st
JarkkoNieminen (10-8) 4th --- 2nd 1st 3rd 3rd --- 1st 1st
RadekStepanek (11-8) 2nd 1st 3rd 3rd 2nd 4th 3rd --- 1st
BernardTomic (0-2) --- --- --- --- --- --- 1st --- 1st
RyanHarrison (0-1) --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 1st
MilosRaonic (0-1) --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 1st
AndyRoddick (9-9) 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 1st --- 4th 3rd ---
Juan C.Ferrero (33-10) Won 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd ---
DavidNalbandian (20-7) 2nd SF 4th SF 4th 2nd --- --- ---
1st - First Round Loser QF - Quarterfinalist
2nd - Second Round SF - Semifinalist
3rd - Third Round Rup - Runner-up
4th - Fourth Round --- - Did not play
Past Men's Champions
YearResult
2011 Rafael Nadal def.Roger Federer, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 6-1
2010 Rafael Nadal def.Robin Soderling, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
2009 Roger Federer def.Robin Soderling, 6-1, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4
2008 Rafael Nadal def.Roger Federer, 6-1, 6-3, 6-0
2007 Rafael Nadal def.Roger Federer, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
2006 Rafael Nadal def.Roger Federer, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
2005 Rafael Nadal def.Mariano Puerta, 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5
2004 Gaston Gaudio defGuillermo Coria, 0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6
2003 Juan Carlos Ferrerodef. Martin Verkerk, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
2002 Albert Costa def.Juan Carlos Ferrero, 6-1, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3
2001 Gustavo Kuertendef. Alex Corretja, 6-7 (3-7), 7-5, 6-2, 6-0
2000 Gustavo Kuertendef. Magnus Norman, 6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (8-6)
1999 Andre Agassi def.Andrei Medvedev, 1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
1998 Carlos Moya def.Alex Corretja, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3
1997 Gustavo Kuertendef. Sergi Bruguera, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
1996 Yevgeny Kafelnikovdef. Michael Stich, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0, 6-2
1995 Thomas Muster def.Michael Chang, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4
1994 Sergi Bruguera def.Alberto Berasategui, 6-3, 7-5, 2-6, 6-1
1993 Sergi Bruguera def.Jim Courier, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
1992 Jim Courier def.Petr Korda, 7-5, 6-2, 6-1
1991 Jim Courier def.Andre Agassi, 3-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
1990 Andres Gomez def.Andre Agassi, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
1989 Michael Chang def.Stefan Edberg, 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
1988 Mats Wilander def.Henri Leconte, 7-5, 6-2, 6-1
1987 Ivan Lendl def.Mats Wilander, 7-5, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6
1986 Ivan Lendl def.Mikael Pernfors, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
1985 Mats Wilander def.Ivan Lendl, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
1984 Ivan Lendl def.John McEnroe, 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5
1983 Yannick Noah def.Mats Wilander, 6-2, 7-5, 7-6
1982 Mats Wilander def.Guillermo Vilas, 1-6, 7-6, 6-0, 6-4
1981 Bjorn Borg def.Ivan Lendl, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
1980 Bjorn Borg def.Vitas Gerulaitis, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2
1979 Bjorn Borg def.Victor Pecci, 6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-4
1978 Bjorn Borg def.Guillermo Vilas, 6-1, 6-1, 6-3
1977 Guillermo Vilasdef. Brian Gottfried, 6-0, 6-3, 6-0
1976 Adriano Panattadef. Harold Soloman, 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6
1975 Bjorn Borg def.Guillermo Vilas, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
1974 Bjorn Borg def.Manuel Orantes, 6-7, 6-0, 6-1, 6-1
1973 Ilie Nastase def.Nikki Pilic, 6-3, 6-3, 6-0
1972 Andres Gimeno def.Patrick Proisy, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1
1971 Jan Kodes def. IlieNastase, 8-6, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5
1970 Jan Kodes def.Zelijko Franulovic, 6-2, 6-4, 6-0
1969 Rod Laver def. KenRosewall, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
1968 Ken Rosewall def.Rod Laver, 6-3, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
1967 Roy Emerson def.Tony Roche, 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
1966 Tony Roche def.Istvan Gylyas, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5
1965 Fred Stolle def.Tony Roche, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3
1964 Manuel Santana def.Nicola Pietrangeli, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 7-5
1963 Roy Emerson def.Pierre Darmon, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
1962 Rod Laver def. RoyEmerson, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 9-7, 6-2
1961 Manuel Santana def.Nicola Pietrangeli, 4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2
1960 Nicola Pietrangelidef. Luis Ayala, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
1959 Nicola Pietrangelidef. Ian Vermaak, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1
1958 Mervyn Rose def.Luis Ayala, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
1957 Sven Davidson def.Herbie Flam, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
1956 Lew Hoad def. SvenDavidson, 6-4, 8-6, 6-3
1955 Tony Trabert def.Sven Davidson, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2
1954 Tony Trabert def.Arthur Larsen, 6-4, 7-5, 6-1
1953 Ken Rosewall def.Vic Seixas, 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
1952 Jaroslav Drobnydef. Frank A. Sedgman, 6-2, 6-0, 3-6, 6-4
1951 Jaroslav Drobnydef. Eric Sturgess, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
1950 Budge Patty def.Jaroslav Drobny, 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5
1949 Frank Parker def.Budge Patty, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
1948 Frank Parker def.Jaroslav Drobny, 6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 8-6
1947 Joseph Asboth def.Eric Sturgess, 8-6, 7-5, 6-4
1946 Marcel Bernard def.Jaroslav Drobny, 3-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3
1945 Not Held
1944 Not Held
1943 Not Held
1942 Not Held
1941 Not Held
1940 Not Held
1939 W.Donald McNeilldef. Bobby Riggs, 7-5, 6-0, 6-3
1938 Donald Budge def.Roderick Menzel, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
1937 Henner Henkel def.Henry Austin, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3
1936 Gottfried Von Crammdef. Fred J. Perry, 6-0, 2-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0
1935 Fred Perry def.Gottfried Von Cramm, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
1934 Gottfried Von Crammdef. John H. Crawford, 6-4, 7-9, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
1933 John H. Crawforddef. Henri Cochet, 8-6, 6-1, 6-3
1932 Henri Cochet def.Giorgio De Stefani, 6-0, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
1931 Jean Borotra def.Claude Boussus, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4
1930 Henri Cochet def.Bill Tilden, 3-6, 8-6, 6-3, 6-1
1929 Rene Lacoste def.Jean Borotra, 6-3, 2-6, 6-0, 2-6, 8-6
1928 Henri Cochet def.Rene Lacoste, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3
1927 Rene Lacoste def.Bill Tilden, 6-4, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 11-9
1926 Henri Cochet def.Rene Lacoste, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3
1925Rene Lacoste def.Jean Borotra, 7-5, 6-1, 6-4
1924 Jean Borotra def.Rene Lacoste, 7-5, 6-4, 0-6, 5-7, 6-2
1923 Francois Blanchydef. Max Decugis, 1-6, 6-2, 6-0, 6-2
1922 Henri Cochet def.Jean Samazeuilh, 8-6, 6-3, 7-5
1921 Jean Samazeuilhdef. Andre Gobert, 6-3, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
1920 Andre Gobert def.Max Decugis, 6-3, 3-6, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
1919 Not Held
1918 Not Held
1917 Not Held
1916 Not Held
1915 Not Held
1914 Max Decugis def.Jean Samazeuilh, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
1913 Max Decugis def.Georges Gault
1912 Max Decugis def.Andre Gobert
1911 Andre Gobert def.Maurice Germot
1910 Maurice Germot def.Francois Blanchy
1909 Max Decugis def.Maurice Germot
1908 Max Decugis def.Maurice Germot
1907 Max Decugis def.Robert Wallet
1906 Maurice Germot def.Max Decugis
1905 Maurice Germot def.Andre Vacherot
1904 Max Decugis def.Andre Vacherot, 6-1, 9-7, 6-8, 6-1
1903 Max Decugis def.Andre Vacherot
1902 M.Vacherot def. MaxDecugis, 6-4, 6-2
1901 Andre Vacherot def.P.Lebreton
1900 Paul Ayme def.A.Prevost
1899 Paul Ayme def.P.Lebreton
1898 Paul Ayme def.P.Lebreton
1897 Paul Ayme def.F.Wardan, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
1896 Andre Vacherot def.G.Brosselin, 6-1, 7-5
1895 Andre Vacherotdef. L.Riboulet
1894 Andre Vacherot def.G.Brosselin
1893 L.Riboulet def.J.Schopfer
1892 J.Schopfer def.Fassitt
1891 H.Briggs def.P.Baigneres
NOTES:
Rafael Nadal continued his mastery of Roger Federer on the red clay of RolandGarros, as he captured his sixth French Open title last year.

Nadal, who triumphed 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 6-1, became just the second man inthe Open Era (1968) to win six titles at Roland Garros, tying the all-timerecord set by Bjorn Borg between 1974 and 1981.

It's the fourth time in six years Nadal captured the French Open againstFederer. The last time the two met in the final in 2008, Nadal gave up justfour games. The 2011 version saw Federer start the match strong with a 5-2lead, only to have Nadal win the next seven games.

Nadal improved his all-time mark at the French to 45-1, with his lone losscoming in 2009 to Robin Soderling in the fourth round.

This was Nadal and Federer's eighth meeting in a Grand Slam title match,extending their record for the most meetings between two players in a majorfinal.

Nadal has lost just two Grand Slam finals, both at Wimbledon against Federer.He also became the first No. 1 seed to win the championship in Paris sinceGustavo Kuerten in 2001. Nadal's other titles at this event came over MarianoPuerta in 2005 and against Soderling in 2010.

Nadal was tested earlier in the championship, edging John Isner in five sets.In fact, Nadal was down two sets to one, before winning the final two sets.Nadal did not lose another set until the final against Federer.

After falling in the fourth round of the 2009 French Open, Nadal returned tohis winning ways, as he cruised to a straight-set win over Soderling in 2010.

Nadal rolled to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 triumph in the final to win his fifth careerFrench championship and avenge his 2009 defeat at the hands of Soderling. TheSwede had stunned an injured Nadal and went on to reach his first career GrandSlam final, a loss to Roger Federer.

Seeded second behind Federer, Nadal swept through all seven matches withoutlosing a set to become only the third player in French Open history with fivechampionships. Henri Cochet captured five titles, while Bjorn Borg was a six-time winner. With his win, Nadal improved his French Open record to 38-1.Soderling did gain some form of revenge from '09, as he defeated Federer infour sets in the quarterfinals.

The king of the Grand Slam, Federer finally broke through in 2009, as he wonhis first French Open title, defeating Soderling in straight sets. After losingthree consecutive finals to Nadal, Federer cruised past Soderling 6-1, 7-6(7-1), 6-4 to complete the career Grand Slam. With the win, Federer tied PeteSampras' mark of 14 Slams and has subsequently surpassed that mark with wins atWimbledon and the 2010 Australian Open.

Since winning his first Grand Slam title at the 2003 Wimbledon Championships,Federer has won 16 Slams. Even more impressive is the fact that Federer hasreached the semifinal round in 28 of the last 31 Grand Slam events, includingthis year's Australian Open.

In 2008, Nadal defeated Federer for the third straight year in the championshipmatch, 6-1, 6-3, 6-0, to improve his French Open record to 28-0. Nadal, thesecond seed, did not drop a set throughout the tournament and had littletrouble with seeded players Jarkko Nieminen, Fernando Verdasco and NicolasAlmagro in reaching the semifinals. His semifinal matchup against NovakDjokovic was a little tougher, but Nadal still won in straights, 6-4, 6-2, 7-6.By dropping only four games, Nadal posted the second-most-lopsided victory in aFrench Open final. In 1977, Guillermo Vilas defeated Brian Gottfried, 6-0, 6-3,6-0. With the win, Nadal became just the third player to win the French Openfour consecutive years. Nadal, who bested Federer, joined Paul Ayme (1897-1900)and Bjorn Borg (1978-81) as the only players to accomplish this amazing feat.

Prior to 1925, entries were not accepted from all countries. Andre Agassi, JimCourier and Michael Chang are the only Americans to win this tournament sincethe 1950s. Only five players from France have won this event, combined, on themen's and women's side. Only Nelly Landry (1948), Francoise Durr (1967) andMary Pierce (2000) have won the women's singles since the war, while MarcelBernard (1946) and Yannick Noah (1983) are the sole French victors on the men'sside.

In 1990, No. 1 seed Stefan Edberg and No. 2 seed Boris Becker were both knockedout in the first round, and on the same day. This is the only time both topseeds have fallen in the first round at Roland Garros.

Cochet holds the record for playing in the most men's singles semifinals (7),while Chris Evert holds that distinction for the women (12 semifinals in 13appearances).

The center court was re-christened Court Philippe Chatrier in 2001, in tributeto the former president of the FFT (from 1973-93) and the ITF (1977-91), whopassed away in 2000.

Five men and two women have gone on to lift the trophy after saving a matchpoint. Gustavo Kuerten was the last to work this miracle after being within apoint of defeat in the 2001 quarterfinals. The shortest-ever men's singlesfinal in terms of the number of games was between Vilas and Gottfried in 1977.The Argentine swept to victory 6-0, 6-3, 6-0 at the expense of the American.

Since 1925, the men's and women's singles have each been won by lefthanders on16 and 10 occasions, respectively. The most recent were Nadal in 2011 andMonica Seles in 1992.

Mardy Fish, the 10th-ranked player in the world, has withdrawn from thechampionship due to fatigue, while Kei Nishikori will also miss the French Opendue to a stomach injury. Robin Soderling announced earlier that he would missthe French due to mononucleosis. In addition, world no. 14 Gael Monfils withdrew due to an injured right knee.


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